Neighbors, Subscribers, Messages, and Comments

A variety of wide reaching changes on the FMOF website
Posted by Douglas, Oct 16, 2007

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Neighbors, Subscribers, Messages, and Comments

Posted by Douglas, Oct 16, 2007
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Although most of the site looks the same today as it did yesterday, there are now several underlying changes in how things work. Are you ready for this?

1. Visit your "My Profile" page under "Options". You will notice that you now have a couple new options to choose.

1.A. The site will no longer send you emails every time someone posts a comment on your writing. Instead, it will first check to see if it has sent you a message recently, and if it has, it will wait until you've checked into the site before sending you any new messages. This will be a big help to some of the more popular writers, who want to receive comments, but don't want to get an email every 10 minutes! Of course, since all your messages show up on your "Tasks" page, you won't miss anything because of not receiving an email.

1.B. You have more options to control who can and cannot post comments on your pages.


2. You no longer have the option "Make posts visible only to my neighborhood". This option wasn't being used anyway - everyone was making their posts completely hidden, or completely public.

3. The concepts of "neighbor" and "subscriber" have been somewhat merged...the distinction was a bit confusing anyway. You will now find a single link titled "Neighbor Options" on each writer's profile page. This link contains several options.

3.A. You can override your commenting setting. For example, if you've set up your profile to BLOCK all comments, you could override that rule for individual members and allow them to post on your pages.

3.B. You can specify that a member is trusted or not trusted. If a member is trusted, you don't have to preview their comments before they appear on your pages.

3.C. Include a member in your reading list. Any posts added by this member will appear on your "Neighbors" page.

3.D. Specify a "Priority Level" for this member. This is a number between one and one hundred. The higher the number, the higher their writings appear in your reading list. The default value is 50, so if you want one writer's posts to appear first in your reading list, assign them a priority level above 50.


4. When you view your "Neighbors" page, the main view shows you posts in your Reading List which you have not yet read. Click on an item, and the next time you visit your reading list, that item will no longer appear. This allows you to systematically read through your reading list.

Posted by Douglas, Oct 16, 2007

Comments


Douglas
Oct 16, 2007
This is a lot of changes all at once - if you find any bugs in how things work, please drop me a comment - either here in the News page, or using the feedback form.

Thanks,
Doug
   ~Posted by Douglas, Oct 16, 2007

Josiah T.
Oct 16, 2007
I was just noticing the changes....
   ~Posted by Josiah T., Oct 16, 2007

Douglas
Oct 16, 2007
Hmm...I think that with the new changes, I need to make "My Neighbors" a separate heading (again) to make it more convenient to access. Anyone have thoughts on that?
   ~Posted by Douglas, Oct 16, 2007

Josiah T.
Oct 16, 2007
Well, considering how big my neighborhood is, I think it could be helpful. Although I'm not sure how useful it would be for those who don't have huge neighborhoods.
   ~Posted by Josiah T., Oct 16, 2007

Douglas
Oct 16, 2007
well, I just rearranged the menu bar again. Now you'll see "My Neighbors" as an option once again.
   ~Posted by Douglas, Oct 16, 2007

Lynnde
Oct 17, 2007
I don't know if they would be considered bugs, but I do have a couple of suggestions. The first being that we could have a link to this news, other than clicking on the shovel when it is an unfinished task. I remembered that you said "drop me a comment... here in the News page..." but when I tried to find it again, I couldn't find a link to the news page. (Maybe I am just not seeing it?) I had to type "n" (for news) onto the end of the web address (my computer remembered the rest of it) to get here.
Now for the suggestion I was trying to post when I started looking for a link to the news page. I think it would be nice if we had the option of sending a piece back to the reading list when we close it. I sometimes open a page from my list, only to find that it is much longer than I have time to read right now. It would be nice to have a button that said "not finished reading" or something like that, so that when we click it, it will close the page, but not delete it from our reading list until we have read it.
   ~Posted by Lynnde, Oct 17, 2007

Douglas
Oct 17, 2007
Thanks for the comment. First, you can find the News by clicking the "News" link at the bottom of any page. With the "Neighbors" link back at the top, there wasn't room for both "News" and "FAQ" (for people with narrow screens, that horizontal width is critical).

I figured FAQ would be more helpful for new members, so that was the one I left. If anyone has ideas for other ways to structure it, I'd be glad to hear them.

And your other comment. That's a great idea. I'll try to implement that soon.

Thanks.
   ~Posted by Douglas, Oct 17, 2007

Lynnde
Oct 17, 2007
My suggestion for the "News" would be to put a link to it on the FAQ page. For some reason, my tired mind thought to look there, but not at the bottom of the page.
   ~Posted by Lynnde, Oct 17, 2007

Michael K
Oct 17, 2007
Here's another idea...change FAQ to "Help" and put FAQ, News, and Contact as subheadings under that, kind of like we've got Unread/All/Options under "Neighbors"

Although "Help" and "News" don't exactly fit together...maybe another heading title?
   ~Posted by Michael K, Oct 17, 2007

Douglas
Oct 18, 2007
I very much like the idea of having a "Help" option to include all of those.
   ~Posted by Douglas, Oct 18, 2007
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